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duties. The board may remove the president or subordinate officers, and supply all vacancies.
Sec. 23. The board shall have power to regulate the course of instruction, and prescribe, with the advice of the faculty, the books to be used in the institution; and also to confer, for similar or equal attainments, similar degrees or testimonials to those conferred by the university of Michigan.
Sec. 24. The president, professors, farm manager and tutors, shall constitute the faculty of the State agricultural college. The president of the college shall be the president of the faculty. The secretary of the State board of agriculture shall be a member and secretary of the faculty.
Sec. 25. The faculty shall pass all needful rules and regulations necessary to the government and discipline of the college, regulating the routine of labor, study, meals, and the duties and exercises, and all such rules and regulations as are neces. sary to the preservation of morals, decorum and health.
Sec. 26. The faculty shall have charge of the laboratories, library and museums of the institution.
Sec. 27. The faculty shall make an annual report by the first Wednesday of December of each year, to the State board of agriculture, signed by the president and secretary, containing such information and recommendations as the welfare of the institution, in their opinion, demands. Any members of the faculty may make a minority report if they disagree with the conclusions of the majority, which the faculty shall communicate to the board. No communication at any other time, from members of the faculty, shall be entertained by the board, unless they have been submitted to a meeting of the faculty, and sanctioned by a majority.
Sec. 28. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the State agricultural college, and it shall be his duty to see that the rules and regulations of the State board of agriculture, and the rules and regulations of the faculty, be observed and executed.
Sec. 29. The subordinate officers and employees, not members of the faculty, shall be under the direction of the president, and in the recess of the board, removable at his discretion, and he may supply vacancies that may be thus or otherwise created; his action in these respects shall be submitted to the approval of the State board of agriculture at their next meeting.
Sec. 30. The president may or may not perform the duties of a professor, as the State board of agriculture shall determine. If he performs the duties of a professor, or in case the duties of president are exercised by a president pro tem., a superintendent of the farm may be appointed, who shall have the general superintendence of the business pertaining to the farm, the land, and other property of the institution, and who shall be a member of the faculty.
Sec. 31. The president and secretary, together with the superintendent of the farm, if there be one, and in case there is not one, then one of the professors, to be elected by the faculty, shall constitute a committee to fix the rate of wages allowed to students, and rate of board. In assessing the board, it shall be so estimated that no profit shall be saved to the institution, and as near as possible at the actual cost. The rates of wages allowed, and rate of charge for board, shall, if practicable, be submitted to the State board of agriculture before they take effect.
Sec. 32. For current expenditures at the State agricultural college, specific sums shall be set aside, in the hands of their treasurer, by the State board of agriculture, which shall be subject to the warrants of the president of the college, countersigned by the secretary. All moneys due to the institution or received in its behalf, shall be collected and received by the secretary, and deposited by him with the treasurer of the State board of agriculture. The secretary shall, with his annual report, render a full and complete account of all moneys received and all warrants drawn on the treasurer, as secretary of the college, and shall file and preserve all vouchers, receipts, correspondence, or other papers relating thereto.
Sec. 33. When the lands of the institution shall be brought
to such a condition of maturity as to promise satisfactory results, the State board of agriculture shall make such rules and regulations as they may deem necessary, cause such comparisons, tests, trials and experiments, scientific and practical, to be made as may, in their opinion, conduce to the instruction of the student and the progress of agriculture, and shall cause the results to be published in the annual report.
Sec. 34. All the swamp lands granted to the State of Michigan by act of Congress, approved September twenty-eighth, one thousand eight hundred and fifty, situate in the townships of Lansing and Meridian, in the county of Ingham, and Dewitt and Bath, in the county of Clinton, of which no sale has been made, or for which no certificates of sale have been issued by the Commissioner of the Land Office, are hereby granted and vested in the State board of agriculture, and placed in the possession of the State agricultural college, for the exclusive use and benefit of the institution, subject only to the provisions relating to drainage and reclamation of the act of Cougress donating the same to the State.
Sec. 35. The State board of agriculture shall have authority to sell and dispose of any portions of the swamp lands mentioned in the preceding section of this act, and use the same, or the proceeds thereof, for the purpose of draining, fencing or in any manner improving such other portions of said lands as it may be deemed advisable to bring under a high state of cultivation, for the promotion of the objects of the State agricultural college. The terms and conditions of the sale of the portions of the above described lands thus disposed of, shall be prescribed by the State board of agriculture, and deeds of the same, executed and acknowledged, in their official capacity, ty the president and secretary of the State board of agriculture, shall be good and valid in law.
Sec. 36. David Carpenter, of Lenawee county; Justus Gage, of Cass county; Philo Parsons, of Wayne county; Hezekiah G. Wells, of Kalamazoo county; Silas A. Yerkes, of Kent county, and Charles Rich, of Lapeer county, are hereby constituted and appointed the first State board of agriculture. At their first meeting, which the Governor of the State is hereby authorized and directed to call at as early a day as practicable, they shall determine by lot their several periods of service, two of whom shall serve for two years, two of whom shall serve for four years, and two of whom shall serve for six years respectively, from the third Wednesday of January last past, when they are superceded by appointments, in accordance with the provisions of section one of this act, or until their successors are chosen.
Sec. 37. Act number one hundred and thirty, session laws of eighteen hundred and fifty-five, being an act for the establishment of a State agricultural school, and all other acts or parts of acts in conflict with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed.
Sec. 38. This act shall take immediate effect.